How wonderful would it be to look back on your life and realize you had accomplished something like this couple in India?
I have said it before, but it’s worth repeating. We were made for this planet. We are to be true stewards of what we find because it doesn’t “belong” to us, whatever that means in the context of our finite lives. We belong to the Earth, and we can take that responsibility seriously, or we can ignore it at our peril. This couple has made a serious effort to leave their part of the planet better off than when they found it.
Just to keep the poetry month theme going, here’s a fridge magnet poem that is really only a general admonition to myself.
It does remind me of the Green Man archetype, an image to which I have long felt a connection. Matthew Fox says that the Green Man reminds us to be “wet and juicy” and fully alive. All living things are full of blood or sap or liquid of some kind.
The phrase “take and eat” also calls to mind the language of the Eucharist, an invitation to share in a meal of Christ’s body and blood. It’s also an invitation to a remembering (or, as Cynthia Bourgeault has said, “re – membering”) of Jesus. That ritual is intended to reconstitute the body of Christ in some way (depending on which denomination you fall into). I don’t want to get into that here, since I’m not a theologian, and this is hardly the point to this post. I don’t know if there is a point to this post.
Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here is an image of the Ludlow Green Man in Shropshire, England. I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a handsome fellow.
Note – edited to add links.
Sometimes when the world of humans gets me down, I have to remember that there is more to this grand universe than our petty squabbles and selfishness. Here is a case in point:
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I’m surprised this site hasn’t been scrubbed, yet, by the new administration. Perhaps it needs to be saved by us librarians before that happens. It’s a nice little overview of the evidence for Anthropogenic Climate Change.
Here are some highlights:
- Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century. The rate in the last decade, however, is nearly double that of the last century.
- The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.
- Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.
- Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and that the snow is melting earlier.
This is our home, and we are wrecking it. We are sleepwalking to a world of suffering and misery, not just for ourselves, but for all living beings. It is imperative that we wake up and start living lives compatible with stewardship and healthy relationship with our planet.
NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans – http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/115334main_image_feature_329_ys_full.jpg
Alt: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001138.html (direct link), Public Domain, Link
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